Team Leader - Protection

Danish Refugee Council , Dolow, Somalia

Skill Required:, Finance and AccountsProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
29th January, 2019

Job Description


The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa since 1997. The Horn of Africa and Yemen regional office is based in Nairobi with country programmes in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Yemen. Non-operational region wide initiatives, focusing on advocacy and capacity building are supported from the Nairobi regional office. Using a rights-based approach, DRC has mainly focused on Somalis who are displaced by conflict.
Somalia program currently has over 300 staff working in five main program offices across Somalia. The main field program offices include Hargeisa, Bossaso, Galkacyo, Mogadishu, Dollow and Beletweyne as well as eleven smaller offices. DRC Somalia implements broad emergency and recovery programming, which include protection, livelihoods, and food security, water and sanitation, local governance.

Danish Demining Group (DDG) is a specialized unit within DRC which implements mine action and armed violence reduction (AVR) programmes. DDG’s mandate is ‘to create a safe environment free from armed violence and the remnants of conflict’, and DDG does this via a programmatic focus on four key sectors: Security Systems Reform, Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) management, Mine Action and Conflict Management.

Overall Purpose of the role:

The Team Leader - Protection will be responsible for the day to day operations and management of all Protection interventions as well as Protection Mainstreaming in Gedo and Lower Jubba Regions. This is a ‘hands-on’ positon, and the successful candidate will be expected to participate in direct implementation of activities.



  • Lead on the development, design and implementation of protection activities in Gedo and Lower Jubba Regions in line DRC Protection Strategy and in consultation with the Program Coordinator and the Protection Manager (activities include and not limited to GBV Prevention and response, Child Protection, Mixed Migration, Protection Monitoring, Housing Land and Property issues, Durable Solutions- including Return and Reintegration)
  • Ensure protection mainstreaming during all stages of planning, implementation and monitoring of integrated programs in the Regions.
  • Ensure proper mobilization of local authorities and community to support the Way Station operations and the reintegration and coexistence projects targeting refugee returnees.
  • Coordinate information sharing with UNHCR on pre-departure, arrival of returnees and provide updates to UNHCR as may be required from time to time on both the return and reintegration programs.
  • Work closely with local authorities, community structures and other agencies to facilitate activities that lead to returnees attaining their sustainable durable solutions. Ensure sustainable reintegration of returnees to their areas of origin.
  • Conduct assessments to identify Protection needs and gaps as well as risks, including those related to gender and age, child protection, GBV, mixed migration and other protection issues
  • Develop concrete initiatives and coordinate with the Program team to address the gaps, reduce risks and build community capacities.
  • Represent DRC in external Protection forums and enhance networking and collaboration with local partners (government and humanitarian actors) through participation in inter-agency protection working group meetings in the relevant locations. Ensure that DRC work is properly articulated at all relevant meetings.
  • Participate in inter-agency assessments on humanitarian needs within DRC areas of operation.
  • Support protection advocacy directly or through other actors, authorities, and coordination mechanisms.


  • Line manage Protection staff and other relevant staff at the Way Station, ensuring that there is adequate performance management against agreed performance objectives and that appropriate feedback to staff regarding their performance is provided.
  • Support National Protection Information Management Officer in the roll out of the Protection Monitoring System through participation in consultation, capacity building of protection monitors, data cleaning, join analysis at area level
  • Perform regular monitoring of protection activities/projects in line with project detailed implementation plans.
  • Undertake Protection monitoring activities; Conduct interviews and missions to the field. Monitor, analyze and provide reports on the protection conditions for IDPs/returnees/refugees/migrants and other persons of concern to DRC.
  • Produce detailed weekly, monthly and quarterly implementation plan, procurement plan and activity budget breakdown to facilitate activity implementation
  • Compile and submit weekly, monthly and quarterly Protection department activity progress reports to the Program Manager
  • Participate in monthly budget follow up review meetings
  • Plan and monitor Protection Department Projects budget expenditure and ensure that the budget is strictly adhered to and that all supporting documentation for expenses is properly submitted according to DRC’s Administrative and Financial guidelines.
  • Support the Area Manger and Program Manager on all administrative tasks related to protection programs e.g. staff recruitment, financial management, security and logistics.
  • In collaboration with Monitoring and evaluation officers, conduct continuous monitoring of both projects, including field visits to areas of return in Gedo, sharing timely information on the projects’ outcomes and challenges.
  • In consultation with the Program Manager, develop mitigation measures on circumstances with a likelihood of impacting negatively on projects operations
  • Provide input and support to proposal development for projects’ continuity.
  • Contribute to the country protection updates by sharing relevant information with the protection information management officer
  • Fill and submit on timely basis protection working group 4W matrix
  • Perform other duties as may be required by the supervisor and/or the Protection Manager
  • The responsibilities listed in the JD are not exhaustive and may be readjusted according to operational needs but will remain in line with the overall purpose of the role.

Experience, education and technical competencies

  • Degree in one or combination of the following fields: Program Management, Economics, Sociology, Logistics, International Relations, Legal Studies and Human Rights.
  • At least 3 years’ experience working in the Protection sector in Somali with and for IDP, asylum seekers, returnees, and refugees
  • Technical skills in the areas of protection and advocacy, including knowledge of the legal environment in Somalia
  • Experience working with Non-Governmental organizations, UN agencies and local communities especially displacement contexts.
  • Demonstrated experience in Program cycle management (PCM).
  • Field experience in the direct implementation of protection projects in Somalia,
  • Good knowledge of project supports the Return and reintegration of refugees or IDPs.
  • Experience in capacity building of National staff and communities.
  • Ability to work with a high level of autonomy
  • Excellent report and proposal writing skills
  • Good organizational and people-centered management skills
  • Ability to represent the organization in key meetings at the field level and with local authorities.
  • Ability to develop budgets and monitor expenditure accordingly
  • Experience in report writing and knowledge of monitoring and evaluation
  • Experience in staff supervision/coaching and development
  • Experience developing and implementing trainings
  • Excellent written and spoken Somali and English
  • Willing to undertake regular field trips and implement activities
  • An understanding of Humanitarian Accountability Partnership principles
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English and Somali is required
  • Good command of computer programs and applications.


In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’s five core competencies:

  • Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.
  • Collaborating: You are a strong networker and enjoy working with many different types of stakeholders, you involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.
  • Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while balancing the role of advisor and taking leadership
  • Communicating: You write and speak effectively and honestly and display political and cultural sensitivity, including ability to adapt well to local cultures
  • Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with our vision and values.


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